July 19th, 2019: Your Weekend Forecast

Here comes the heatwave:

Weekend Weather

Friday Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 89. Heat index values as high as 99. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 6 to 11 mph in the morning.

Friday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 79. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph.

Sunrise 5:41am

Sunset 8:23pm

Yes, it's been hot, but this is a full-fledged emergency:

And so the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast calls for...

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Oh, and also Brooklyn Summer Ale:

Brooklyn Summer Ale

With oppressive heat ahead (and behind), we’re recommending Brooklyn Summer Ale this weekend. Count on it for plenty of refreshment, and use the cool can to keep your fingers from sweating. We know it’s odd coming from a brewery, but don’t forget some water, too—this is some serious heat.

In the Bronx, Willis Ave. will be getting a protected bike lane:

Guess they're laying out the green carpet for Citi Bike.

Also, there will be full night closures starting next week on the Madison Ave. Bridge:

As well as the possibility of partial closures on the Queensboro Bridge bike and pedestrian path:

If you're heading up to the GWB on Sunday remember that there will be street closures for the NYC Triathlon:


NYC Triathlon has been cancelled!

And if you're wondering what the deal is with the cones at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge here's your answer:

Meanwhile, it's been nearly a year since the Dyckman St. bike lane disappeared, and here's the latest:

The Dyckman protected bike lane, which connected Manhattan’s east- and west-side greenways, was installed in late 2017. A major commercial corridor, Dyckman had for years been an obstacle course of double-parked cars and trucks. Once the bikeway was complete, cyclists had parking-protected paths next to Dyckman’s north and south curbs between Broadway and Nagle Avenue, the blocks where motor vehicle traffic is most intense. In addition, gravel and epoxy sidewalk extensions shortened crosswalks and forced drivers to make slower turns.

The project was the culmination of nearly a decade of advocacy by Upper Manhattan residents, but it was only a few months old when Rep. Adriano Espaillat and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer—responding to business owners upset that drivers couldn’t double-park in front of their shops as easily as they used to—began pressuring DOT to rip it out.

Will it be coming back?  Well, at this point it's anybody's guess:

“We will announce our plan for the future of Dyckman Street soon,” a de Blasio spokesperson told Gothamist.

We queried DOT multiple times for information on what, if anything, the agency has planned for the street, but received no response.

Funny how they went through all that trouble to remove the actual lane, yet they couldn't be bothered to delete it from the 2019 New York City Bike Map:


Though to be fair the bike map is more an idealized visualization than it is an actual representation of the bike network.  In this sense the map kind of like a Big Mac in a McDonald's commercial, and the bike lanes are like the lettuce: they may appear green and substantial, but when you finally see them in person they're all faded and wilted, if they're even there at all.

Finally, Corey Johnson "went there" on The Brian Lehrer Show and declared that New York City has too much parking:

“I do think that there are too many parking spaces in New York City,” Johnson said bluntly. “We have over 3 million [on-street] parking spaces in New York City … and we should reclaim that space and use it for the public.”

Much to the chagrin of Christopher from the East Village:

“They have completely decimated all street parking,” said Christopher, who works in the film industry and uses his car for work. “We are residents of the neighborhood. We have been living here over 25 years, and we count on our cars to get us to and from gigs with costumes and bags and people, and you know, all sorts of headpieces. It is a really difficult thing to have to deal with.”

Where has the street parking been "decimated?"  The East Village has certainly changed a lot in the past 25 years (the Vanishing New York set would probably argue it's been "decimated" by gentrification and NYU) but the one thing that's remained relatively constant is that its streets are lined with parking spaces.  Of course if it's harder for Christopher to park now because he has much more competition for those free spaces than he did 25 years ago then that's a separate issue.  In any case, Christopher sounds like someone who's been getting free cable for 25 years and is upset because he may finally get a bill.  If anything he should consider himself lucky.

Either way, no doubt he'll figure out how to move all those headpieces.